Shoveling snow is a known cause for heart attacks - the increase in blood pressure combined with cold air constricting arteries creates the right environment for it to happen. bbc.com/news/blogs-magazi…
The first recorded mention of trawling was from a petition to stop its use as a fishing method to King Edward III in the 14th century. The petitioner raised concerns about its effect on the environment. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bot…
The human brain remains half awake when sleeping in a new environment for the first time. popsci.com/your-brain-sta…
People such as astronomers who spend a lot of time in dark environments prefer to use red lighting when they need just a little light. Eyes are less sensitive to red light and they are less likely to mess with the dark-adaption of our eyes telescopicwatch.com/best-…
Cats are sometimes intentionally released into urban environments on the popular assumption that they will control the rat population; but there is little scientific basis for this. In fact, they end up harming the beneficial native wildlife. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cat…
The Apollo Missions (11 to 16), astronauts had trouble getting life insurance as no one would insure someone being in the high risk environment of Space, so they autographed some postal covers before they left Earth. On the chance they didn't come back, those items would be sold for money. atlasobscura.com/articles…
Two Buddhists who bought Β£5,000 of live Crustacea and released them into the sea for good karma, were fined Β£15,000 for β€˜untold damage’ to the environment by introducing non-native species. theguardian.com/uk-news/2…
: When suitable environment conditions are given, the probability of an American nickel landing on edge is approximately 1 in 6000 tosses. ui.adsabs.harvard.edu/abs…
While the brain represents just 2% of a person’s total body weight, it accounts for 20% of the body’s energy use; the bulk of a brain’s energy consumption is put toward sustaining alertness and monitoring the environment for important information time.com/5400025/does-thi…
Metallica was the first band to perform on all seven continents by performing live and un-amplified (to protect the environment) in Antarctica. rollingstone.com/music/mu…
Fire will burn in a spherical shape In microgravity environments, like space, because without gravity oxygen diffuses with random oxygen molecules drifting into the fire. Absent the upward flow of hot air, fires in microgravity will stay spherical and small science.nasa.gov/science-…
For a cloth bag to actually be sustainable and better for the environment, it has to be reused 131 times to break even with the plastic bags in terms of impact on environment in the process of making. (While plastic bags can also be reused but people just don't) stanfordmag.org/contents/…
The cameras onboard the Voyager 1 spacecraft can still be turned back on, but it is not a priority for its Interstellar Mission. The cameras were turned off to save power and memory for the instruments expected to detect the new charged particle environment of interstellar space. voyager.jpl.nasa.gov/freq…
In Auckland, New Zealand, 62% of rivers and lakes graded as poor by the Ministry for the Environment for swimming, and 0% of rivers and lakes graded as good. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wat…
Florida man Courtland Hunt modified a Glock 9mm to shoot underwater & used it to shoot invasive lionfish at point-blank range while scuba diving. Hunt said: "Who wouldn't want to go shoot their gun at fish underwater? Especially a species that detrimental to the environment." fox13news.com/news/braden…
Ben Franklin was a slaveowner for much of his life, but after a friend took him to visit a school for black children. He wrote that African ignorance was not inherently natural but come from lack of education, slavery and negative environments. And petitioning Congress to end slavery. benjamin-franklin-history…
The first Earth Day was in 1970 and was proposed by Senator Gaylord Nelson of Wisconsin. After seeing the damage caused by a massive oil spill in Santa Barbara, California in 1969, he was inspired to educate the public about the environment. youtu.be/b6LUaGy1ChA
When making the movie Avatar, they would film the motion capture from all angles. After the actors are rendered, the director would walk onto the set with a "virtual camera", which would allow him to film as if he were in the CG environment. TL;DR, they filmed using virtual reality. popsci.com/technology/art…
Ma'at represents the ethical and moral principle that every Egyptian citizen was expected to follow throughout their daily lives. They were expected to act with honor and truth in matters that involve family, the community, the nation, the environment, and the gods. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maa…
A Saturday morning cartoon called ProStars starred three professional athletes from the 1990's - Michael Jordan, Wayne Gretzky & Bo Jackson. During it's 13 episode run, the show centered around the three athletes fighting crime, helping children, and often protecting the environment. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pro…
The singer of Midnight Oil, most famous for the song Beds are Burning, has served as Minister for School Education and Minister for the Environment of Australia en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pet…
Today I learned of the Antarctic Winter-Over syndrome, where immobility, monotony, harsh physical environment, sexual deprivation, and the general isolation, are believed to contribute to increased anxiety and depression. It is commonly observed in staff of Antarctic research stations. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Win…
The world's oldest mouse, Yoda, reached the age of 4 years in a pathogen-free environment at the University of Michigan, living with his cage mate Princess Leia. 100-year-old people are much more common than 4-year-old mice.", said his lab director. ur.umich.edu/0304/Apr19_0…
Today I learned about Prions, infectious agents that are not viruses or bacteria, have no DNA, have great resistance to disinfectants/cooking, and can persist in environments for years. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pri…
The sea like sound you hear when you put a seashell near your ear is the echo the noise in the environment BUT ALSO the sound of the blood flowing in your ears and the muscles acting in your ears en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sea…
The International Potato Center has successfully grown potatoes in a simulated Mars environment. They grew the plants in a CubeSat which mimicked the Martian air pressure and atmosphere, and used saline desert soils analogous to Martian soils as the growing medium. cipotato.org/blog/indicat…
The ash from coal power plants contains uranium & thorium and carries 100 times more radiation into the surrounding environment than a nuclear power plant producing the same amount of energy. scientificamerican.com/ar…
The louder your environment, the less flavor and texture your food has bbc.com/news/science-envi…
The canonical reason the documentary crew is filming the office in β€œThe Office (u.s.) β€œ is to investigate the workplace environment after an employee committed suicide youtu.be/3nxuoXuKkuc
'zavana' was the indigenous name for the plains around Comagre in Panama - it was borrowed into Spanish and then English to describe similar environments, becoming the modern word 'savanna' en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sav…
Rats can learn to drive a car and having an enriched environment (large cage with many levels and toys) enhances competency in driving sciencedirect.com/science…
Olfactory adaptation is the reason we are unable to smell ourselves or the stench of our regularly lived environments. mentalfloss.com/article/6…
Today I learned about the Hoff Crab (Kiwa tyleri), nicknamed after David Hasselhoff for it's incredibly hairy chest. It feeds by eating bacteria that grow on these hair like projections. They live near hydrothermal vents in very sulfuric environments. bbc.com/news/science-envi…
Plastic was invented in 1907. Since 1950, humanity has produced 6.3 billion metric tons of plastic waste; 9% of it is recycled, 12% is incinerated, 79% ends up in a landfill or in the environment. Majority of the world's plastic waste from the developed world is exported to Southeast Asia. visualcapitalist.com/mapp…
Some reindeer really do have red noses like Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. The color is due to an extremely dense array of blood vessels, packed into the nose in order to supply blood and regulate body temperature in extreme environments. smithsonianmag.com/scienc…
The snow bunting is the most northerly passerine in the world. Unlike most passerines, the snow bunting has feathered tarsi, an adaptation to its cold harsh environment. Males that sing more frequently are preferred by females since it indicates greater foraging success and overall health. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sno…
In the event of a Nuclear War growing seasons would be virtually eliminated for many years and even humans living in shelters equipped with many years worth of food, water, energy, and medical supplies would probably not survive in the hostile post-war environment. nucleardarkness.org/warco…
Radiotrophic fungi were discovered in 1991 growing inside and around the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant in an environment in which the radiation level was 500x higher than in the normal environment. The fungi converts gamma radiation into chemical energy for growth. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rad…
When tomatoes are stored in a refrigerator (or in an environment under 54Β° F) their flavor is impacted negatively phys.org/news/2016-10-tom…
Camko City is a $2 billion urban development project in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. CamKo City means Cambodia and Korea City and will include a fully green environment, pond, garden, swimming pools, fitness center and club house en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cam…
During WWI, cotton was in high demand for the manufacture of uniforms and explosives. For bandages, doctors turned to using sphagnum moss. It can hold up to 22 times its own weight in liquid -- twice as absorptive as cotton. The moss is also antiseptic, making the surrounding environment acidic smithsonianmag.com/scienc…
Flamingos can drink near-boiling water from geysers - they live in a high-salt environment, and this is often the freshest source of water available seaworld.org/animals/all-…
Today I learned about bog bodies. A bog body is a human cadaver that has been naturally preserved in a bog wetland. This is due to the acidic, low temperature, and low oxygen environment. They often retain their skin and internal organs. They are basically a pickled human. smithsonianmag.com/scienc…
In July 2017, the Chinese government banned Justin Bieber from performing in China. They released a statement later on saying "In order to maintain order in the Chinese market and purify the Chinese performance environment, it is not suitable to bring in badly behaved entertainers." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jus…
Pompeii had snack bars that are likened to fast food restaurants. A 2,000-year-old uncovered thermopolium features colorful frescoes - one is of a sea nymph, but the other is of a worker in a snack-bar environment and is thought to be an early form of advertising. smithsonianmag.com/smart-…
The National Art Gallery of Australia holds a monthly 'Sensory Sunday' where people on the autism spectrum, those with social anxiety and other neuro diverse folk can visit works of art in a more relaxed environment the-riotact.com/events/ar…
The coat that Harrison Ford wears in Han Solo's Hoth scenes in "The Empire Strikes Back" is actually brown. While the coat may appear blue, this is an example of β€œcolor constancy": the mental models we have of what certain colors should look like depending on the environment they are in. archive.nerdist.com/the-d…
Today I learned about Sick Building Syndrome, a range of illnesses that are experienced by an occupant while inside a particular building or within a specific area of the inside environment. The symptoms usually disappear hours, or in some cases days, after the person is away from the environment. link.springer.com/article…
Jellyfish thrive in the man-made disruption of the oceans. Deep-sea trawling has also helped them. The trawlers drag giant nets across the ocean floor pulling up everything indiscriminately: sponges, worms and coral. That leaves an environment in which the jellyfish polyps can breed unchecked. phys.org/news/2019-09-jel…
The Florida Everglades is the only environment on earth in which Alligators and Crocodiles coexist evergladesholidaypark.com…
Narwals use their tusk to stun prey and detect changes in their surrounding environment. nationalgeographic.com/ne…
Most Canadian milk coming in plastic bags is a holdover from (1) the conversion to the metric system in the 1970s and (2) stricter environment regulation on disposal containers. cbc.ca/radio/costofliving…
Gaslighting is the act of deliberately driving someone crazy by altering the environment and denying their sense of reality en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gas…
When applied directly to the eye, the BΓ«cchΓ«te medicinal plant is reported by tribes to have the effect of giving the environment greater texture and dimension, making it easier to spot animals during hunting. The effects are reported to be long-term, lasting days or weeks, not just a few hours. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tab…
Today I learned of a top secret US Cold War project "Iceworm" to build nuclear missile sites under the Greenland ice sheet. Abandoned due to ice instability it was assumed the chemical and radioactive waste would remain under the ice forever. It's now predicted this waste will re-enter the environment in 2100. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pro…
Color toilet paper was trendy in the past. In the 1950s, people would even coordinate their toilet paper with their bathroom color scheme. It reportedly died down when concerns about the safety of pastel dyes for the skin and the environment gained traction. apartmenttherapy.com/colo…
Sweat glands mature during the first 2 years of life. So people who grew up in warm climates have more active sweat glands than people who grew up in a climate-controlled environment or in cold climates. www-m.cnn.com/2016/06/15/…
The Panama Canal project was originally started by the french in 1881. The progress stopped due the harsh rainforest environment drowning out equipment, and yellow fever killing thousands of workers. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pan…
There are 2x connections going back to the eyes. The cortex sends a cascade of predictions about what should be seen at all the different layers of complexity. So what travels back up from the eyes is not raw visuals of the environment, but how the world deviates from what the brain is expecting theatlantic.com/technolog…
Metallica was the first band to perform on all seven continents by performing live and un-amplified (to protect the environment) in Antarctica. rollingstone.com/music/mu…
Male ducks have unique, corkscrew-shaped genitalia that regrow every mating season. The duck’s penis size depends on its social environment and hierarchical valueβ€” with some ducks growing penises as large as their bodies. nationalgeographic.com/ne…
Pencils cannot be used in space because the graphite dust and particles they generate pose fire, puncture and inhalation hazards in a low-gravity, high-oxygen environment. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wri…
In July 2004, Devon Island became the temporary home for five scientists and two journalists, who were to use the Mars-like environment to simulate living and working on the Red Planet. April 2007 through 21 August 2007 was the longest simulation period and included 20 scientific studies en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dev…
The reason you can create hot or cold air with your mouth is due to the adiabatic process. The air leaving your mouth as you purse your lips can't escape and expand fast enough, so it takes energy from the environment to do so, leaving you with a cold puff of air. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adi…
9/11, which caused all US planes to be grounded for 3 days, was used by Climate scientists to study the affect that contrails have on the environment. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Con…
Today I learned about the Ecology Flag, a cultural symbol used primarily in the 1970s by American environmentalists. It is commonly thought of as a symbol of people's commitment to clean up the environment. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eco…
Wildfires are necessary and good for the environment. They actually help forests grow! heywalnut.com/why-wildfir…
Pepper spray is illegal in Canada. If pepper spray is used on another person causing serious bodily harm or harming the environment it can carry a penalty up to a fine of $500,000 and imprisonment of up to 3 years. bestpepperspray.net/peppe…
The Saami people lost much of their environment and a lot of reindeer due to Chernobyl en.wikipedia.org/wiki/S%C…
Today I learned about Modou Fall from Senegal who dresses in plastic everyday to raise awareness about the impact of plastics on the environment bbc.com/news/av/world-afr…
Solar eclipses temporarily affect animal behavior, but it is unlikely to affect their internal circadian clock or their behavior in the long run. Animals that live indoors, in domestic environments, are much less likely to change their behavior due to the eclipse newsweek.com/solar-eclips…
That Japanese barberry, a commonly sold invasive species is helping to spread lyme disease by giving the ticks an ideal habitat.(it's also really bad for the environment as it displaces other native plants and is SUPER ANNOYING to remove) entomologytoday.org/2017/…
Since dolphins need to consciously control their breathing, only one half of their brain can sleep at a time. The other half stays alert to enable the dolphin to continue breathing and look out for danger in the environment. us.whales.org/whales-dolp…
Grass is one of the greatest threats to an eco-friendly environment. wildlaw.org/environmental…
The University of the South Pacific is an international centre for teaching, research on Pacific culture and environment, and is owned by the governments of 12 Pacific island countries.The region served by USP covers an area more than three times the size of Europe en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uni…
In China, a man who is blind and a man with double arm amputation have worked together for 13 years to plant trees. The trees will help prevent flooding in their rural village, as well as help the environment in general. bbc.com/news/blogs-ouch-3…
Future technologies that rely on Bose-Einstein condensate gases (low density gases at close to absolute zero) may make true stealth impossible, as the slightest interaction with the external environment can return them to normal gases, thus allowing for the detection of about any moving object. oalib.com/paper/3733998
Lyre birds, in an attempt to have the most unique song, incorporate sounds from their environment. youtu.be/mSB71jNq-yQ
When you sleep in a new environment your brain stays half-awake popsci.com/your-brain-sta…
The University of Prince Edward Island has an Institute of Island Studies which focuses on the culture, environment, and economy of small islands projects.upei.ca/iis/
The commander of Apollo 8 experienced vomiting and diarrhea a few hours into the 6-day flight. In the zero gravity environment, pieces of vomit and feces floated freely around the crew capsule. airspacemag.com/space/sic…
The apples you buy in the grocery store are 5-12 months old. They are stored in a special low temperature, low oxygen (2%) environment, which preserves the nutritional content of the fruit. businessinsider.com/super…
The music video for "You Get What You Give" was filmed in the Staten Island Mall. This setting was chosen because the shopping mall is viewed as a metaphor for societyβ€”a fake, controlled environment engineered to encourage spending en.wikipedia.org/wiki/You…
There is a computing language called Coq that provides a formal language to write mathematical definitions, executable algorithms and theorems together with an environment for semi-interactive development of machine-checked proofs. coq.inria.fr/
The movements of a falling cat were studied to help astronauts reorient themselves in a zero gravity environment fossbytes.com/falling-cat…
The human brain remains half awake when sleeping in a new environment for the first time. popsci.com/your-brain-sta…
Under European law, all wine bottles bearing the name β€žchampagneβ€œ must be bottled within 100 miles of the champagne region of France. Any other β€žchampagneβ€œ is considered sparkling wine and must be labeled as such. It also must be hand-picked grapes pressed in a closed environment. winecountry.com/blog/spar…
Some octopuses have been known to eat their own appendages if they are restricted to an environment that doesn’t provide them enough stimulation. This is known as autophagy or automutilation. io9.gizmodo.com/there-may…
Today I learned about psychosocial dwarfism, a condition where a child can stop growing due to an extremely stressful environment. It can cause the body to completely stop growing but is generally temporary; regular growth will resume when the source of stress is removed. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Psy…
A cotton shopping bag must be used at least 131 times to have less impact on the environment than single-use bags. marketwatch.com/story/are…
One last resort way to limit damages during a cannibalism outbreak in a chicken farm is to darken the environment using red light bulbs so the animals won't see blood on injured animals. This reduces the chances of they being pecked by the other chickens. extension.psu.edu/poultry…
Fire can't burn in a zero-gravity environment; without gravity to create convection, the combustion byproducts become trapped around the flame and quickly deprive it of oxygen, snuffing it scientificamerican.com/ar…
The Aral Sea (near Kazakhstan) has been receding due to Soviet irrigation projects, where old ships and desert environment make the area look like a scene from a post-apocalyptic movie. (Some pictures in comments) en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ara…
Despite only covering 2% of the Earths surface, jungle environments account for 50% plant and animal species. adventure.howstuffworks.c…
All petroleum based clothes fibres are bad the environment, but polyester is the worst. Micro fibres are worse for the ocean eco-systems than the plastic bottles and bags, etc. oliverands.com/community/…
Today I learned about "Situationism", the idea that someone's immediate situation and environment determines their behaviour more than any genetic or learned traits en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sit…
Bar soap is better for the environment than liquid body wash and poses no health risk to the general population hongkongfp.com/2016/07/17…
Today I learned that neither a real not fake Christmas tree is specifically good or bad for the environment, and that the "best choice" differs per region. nyti.ms/2zpc8mU
Nasa’s Valkyrie robot could help build Mars base. A semi-autonomous robot designed to operate in hostile environments has been developed by Nasa. The robot is able to use human tools and can plot its own path safely across difficult terrain to a location picked by its operator. bbc.co.uk/news/video_and_…
The human brain remains half awake when sleeping in a new environment for the first time. popsci.com/your-brain-sta…

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